Living in Lancashire Wave 42
|Purpose||To understand public perception of public transport, roads and streets, and community safety.|
Crime and community safety
Road and pavement maintenance and repairs
|Commissioned by||Community Safety Team Environment Directorate|
All of Lancashire
Questionnaire - online
Questionnaire - postal
Life in Lancashire panel
|Date||06/09/2013 - 11/10/2013|
|Undertaken by||Corporate Research and Intelligence|
|Key findings||Community safety
- When asked how satisfied or dissatisfied respondents are with aspects of their local area, they are most likely to be satisfied with access to green areas (79%), with the cleanliness of the streets and pavements in their local area (62%), and the appearance of the buildings (61%).
- Just under nine out of every ten respondents (87%) consider their local area to be safe, with only one in ten (11%) considering it to be unsafe.
- Of those respondents who consider their local area to be safe, the most common reasons given for this response are: having a good community or neighbours (26%), a low level of crime (15%) and living in a quiet area without trouble or crime (15%).
- Of those respondents who consider their local area to be unsafe, the most common reasons given for this response are: anti-social behaviour (52%), experience of crime (12%) and bad street conditions (9%).
- Four-fifths of respondents (81%) say that anti-social behaviour isn't a problem in their local area.
- Respondents are most likely to think that dangerous driving (42%) and rubbish or litter are problems in their local area (31%).
- More than half of respondents feel that the level of crime in their own area is better compared to both the UK and other areas of Lancashire (52% and 50% respectively).
- Just over a third of respondents (36%) believe that people using or dealing drugs is a problem in their area.
- In regard to the root causes of crime, respondents were most likely to say that drugs (81%) and alcohol (74%) are a problem.
- Just under two-thirds of respondents (63%) agree that crime is dealt with successfully by the police and other local public services, and over half of respondents (56%) agree that anti-social behaviour also is dealt with successfully.
- Almost nine out of every ten respondents (89%) say that they would report crime and anti-social behaviour to the police.
- Four-fifths of respondents (79%) disagree that offenders get tough enough sentences.
- Over half of respondents have used bus services in Lancashire in the past 12 months (56%).
- Over half of respondents who have used the bus in the last 12 months (53%) used bus services at least a few times a month in the last 12 months.
- Over half of respondents (56%) who have used bus services in Lancashire in the past 12 months use them for shopping. Around two-fifths of respondents (37%) use them for getting to entertainment or leisure activities.
- Of those respondents who have not used bus services in the last 12 months, nearly half of respondents (48%) say they don't use buses because journey times are too long compared to other forms of transport, and a third (34%) say the cost of the service is too high compared to alternative modes of transport.
Roads and streets
- Around three-fifths of respondents feel that the condition of pavements in Lancashire and their local area has stayed the same in the last six months (56% and 60% respectively).
- Over a third of respondents (35%) say that they don't know whether in the last six months the number of potholes on footpaths has reduced for Lancashire and nearly a fifth of respondents don't know for their local area (18%).
- Almost three-fifths of respondents are dissatisfied with the condition of the road surfaces in their local area (59%), and with the condition of the road surfaces in Lancashire (57%).
- Around two-fifths of respondents feel that road surfaces in Lancashire and their local area have stayed the same over the past six months (43% and 42% respectively).
- Just under two-thirds of respondents disagree that the number of potholes on roads in their local area has reduced over the past six months (64%).
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